Nov. 24, 2013
CLINTON - For the second-straight season the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina advanced to Big South Conference Championship match. Coastal fell at the hands of number one seed Radford University, 3-0. The Chants under second-year head coach Jozsef Forman finish the season with a 19-12 record and a second-place regular season and tournament finish.
CCU sophomore Gabriella Horvath led the Chants with 11 kills as the Highlanders took the match 36-34, 25-13 and 25-22. The Highlanders receive the NCAA Tournament automatic bid with the victory.
Senior’s Lauren Alejo and Meghan Laffin were named to the All-Tournament team. Alejo had 38 assists and seven digs in the match while Laffin had seven kills and a block. Senior Kindra Bailey led the squad with five blocks and added seven kills while sophomore Lian Bernett had nine kills and 10 digs.
Senior Lindsay Gill led the Chants with 19 digs.
The Chants lose five seniors to graduation including Alejo, Laffin, Bailey, Gill and Michelle Fowle. All five will be greatly missed by the CCU squad.
Alejo finishes her career with 2,919 assists which ranks fourth in the CCU Record Book. Gill closes out her career with 1,503 digs in just three seasons which ranks third in the CCU record book. Her 510 digs this season rank as the fourth most by an individual in a season at CCU. Bailey compiled 301 total blocks in her four years at Coastal and ranks seventh in the record book. She also has 232 block assists which ranks fifth in the record book.
Radford fought-off seven Coastal Carolina set points to claim an exhilarating 36-34 first set victory. The Chanticleers took an early 10-5 lead following a kill from Kindra Bailey. After a Jesse Miedema kill closed the gap to 15-13, Coastal Carolina ran off three straight points, including two kills from Meghan Laffin. The Highlanders answered the run with their own 3-0 run capped off by a block from Emma Deininger and Jenna Braden. Following eight consecutive side-outs, the Highlanders took a brief 31-30 lead after a CCU attacking error. Coastal battled back to lead 34-33, before RU rattled off the last three points. Cheyanne James recorded her seventh kill of the set to tie the score at 34-34. Deininger followed with a service ace and the set ended when Bailey’s attack went wide.
Radford jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the second set, following a 4-0 run. James ended the run with her second of two kills during the stretch. Coastal Carolina closed to within 12-10 on a kill by Eszter Nagy. The Highlanders extended their lead with a 9-2 stretch to take a 22-12 lead. Wiechecki and James each had two kills during the streak which was capped off by an ace from Kelby Jackson. Emma Wroblicky’s service ace won the set for Radford, 25-13.
Coastal Carolina took a 6-3 lead early in the third set following one of Horvath’s five kills in the set. After the Highlanders tied the score at 11-11, the Chanticleers went on a 3-0 run. Horvath sparked the run with a kill and Bailey capped the run with a block and a kill. Radford answered back with five straight points to take a 16-14 advantage. Deininger was involved in every point during the run with three kills and two blocks. CCU knotted the score at 20-20 on a kill from Horvath. RU took a lead that it would not relinquish at 23-21 following a kill, block and service ace from James. Radford ended the match at 25-22 on James’ 16th kill of the match.